GLOBAL AND LOCAL DISCOURSE in and about THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

AIS 4100 capstone seminar, Peace and Justice

Satisfies Diversity Requirement 3, Writing Intensive Req.

Spring 2010 T-TH 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, SAC 210

 

Classes

Oral Presentation

Reaction papers

Reports

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Silvia Nagy-Zekmi 

Office: SAC 268 

Phone: 610-519-3069
Office hours:

T-Th 5:20 - 6:20, or by appointment

 

Website

Teaching Philosophy

Description    Objective     Requirements      Evaluation     Readings    Bibliography


Description

The Arab and Islamic Studies capstone seminar examines the various definitions of culture and the production of cultural meanings and identities in the Arab world in the era of globalization. We'll discuss the way Arab cultures are represented by looking at the underlying ideologies, the assumptions that regulate thinking and behavior, and  the manner in which these assumptions are shaped, produced and communicated through print and other media, the various art forms, or popular culture (music, TV, films, advertisements, etc). The course will provide theoretical tools and methodologies that enable you to understand and to analyze cultural phenomena in the Arab world.

Objective

To develop an understanding of major issues in the discursive representation of the Arab and Islamic world, such as the formation and representation of political and religious issues in relation to globalization and local cultural practices and the pertinent ideologies that shape them. Students will be given with appropriate theoretical tools to understand and analyze these discourses and their relation to power structures.

Requirements

  • Regular attendance and participation in class discussion;

    only two classes per semester may be missed without written medical justification and the work assigned for and after that class must be done.

  • An oral presentation of an elected article (see the list here),

  • completion of 3 analytical essays (approx. 4-5 pages each, complete with works cited and following the MLA format) to demonstrate your engagement with and comprehension of the readings.  One of these essays is based on the oral presentation and it is due the week after your presentation,

  • One book Villanova. All activities are mandatory

  • Reports of One Book Villanova activities (4 one-page reports, one of each activity)

  • All written work must be uploaded on the WebCT Safeassign site

Evaluation and Grading

  • Attendance and class participation: 10% and 10%

  • Oral presentation: 10% submitted essay 10%

  • Other 2 papers: 40% (20 each)

  • One book Villanova Activities reports 20%  (5% each)

Criteria of evaluation of oral presentation and papers.

 

Readings (mandatory)***

 

Bibliography

Last updated: 1/9/2010 by Silvia Nagy-Zekmi